Tolstoy in Austin: Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’

As everyone knows by now, Richard Linklater shot Boyhood over 12 years. Watching Ellar Coltrane grow up on screen allows viewers to make an unusually personal connection to the film — if you find yourself reflecting on your own life during the movie, you're not alone. Read more [...]

Top 10 movies of 2013: One man’s non-curmudgeonly list

Despite the stretches of the summer that felt like a wasteland at the multiplex, 2013 turned out to be a very good year for movies. Although I saw 160 movies last year (96 of which were assignments), I still wouldn't claim this list is definitive — there are too many new releases now, on all sorts of distribution channels, for that. Read more [...]

‘Before Midnight’: Celine and Jesse are still talking, but are they still worth listening to?

It's impressive how honest Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are in portraying a long-term relationship in Before Midnight. How long can an argument go on become before the audience loses the ability to laugh at the funny lines, and the movie becomes a downer? Read more [...]